Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jesus' coming in judgment (Part 1)

In "Is Jesus Coming Soon," Gary Demar writes:
How is it possible that Jesus "came in A.D. 70? We must allow Scripture to interpret Scripture and evaluate what "coming" means in parallel passages.  Throughout the Old Testament, God "came" in judgment (Gen 11:5; Ex. 3:8; 19:9; 34:5, Psalm 18:6-17; 72:6; 104:3; Isa. 19:1-4; 31:4; Micah 1:3-5: Mal. 3:5).
As anyone can see Demar is not short on scriptural support. But he continues:
In addition, the New Testament speaks of Jesus' coming in judgment (Matt 10:23; 16:27-28; 26:27-28; 26:64; Mark 14:61-62). Notice how many times Jesus threatens to judge the churches of Asia Minor by His coming (Rev. 2:5, 16; 3:3).
At that point I had to write "good point" in the margin of my copy. But here is why:
 It makes no sense if the coming referred to in these verses is a distant coming. The threatened comings are local and particular to a certain period of time and place.

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